• 4 months ago

    Tightness in chest, cause for concern? Urgent

    I’m 18 years old, I’m 6’ and weigh 145 pounds, and according to the nurse who took my blood pressure in the ER (more on that below), I have amazing blood pressure although I don’t remember what it was exactly.
    I started smoking at 14, smoked about 5 rollies (half the amount of tobacco as normal cigs) on average for about 4 years. Senior year in high school, I started smoking weed although fairly lightly. While smoking, I would feel out of breath sometimes although whenever I took a break, I breathed just fine so I wasn’t too worried
    In April, I bought a vape and gave up smoking. My last cig was about 2 months ago and I don’t vape more than about 20 puffs a day. I still smoke “mini spiffs” every now and then which are mostly weed but also a tiny amount of tobacco (.2 grams or less). I’ve started going on two mile runs every other day which don’t exhaust me too much and I feel more or less in shape.
    Seems like I’m on a good track to a much healthier lifestyle, right?
    For the past two weeks, I’ve been getting this tightness in my chest that, on top of being uncomfortable, keeps me from taking very deep breaths. It’s usually on the left side but sometimes it’s on the right side too. The pain will occasionally reside but it’s there most of the time. I also feel pain in my right shoulder, although i suspect it’s from an accident I had 2 months ago where I sprained my neck and deviated my septum pretty badly (my visit to ER). I also remember a few months ago, my heart felt like it skipped a beat. I’m worried it was a silent heart attack...

    I’m wondering if I have cause for concern (although I’m pretty sure I do) and if I need urgent medical care. Obviously, I plan on seeing a medical professional although my money situation is pretty bad at the moment which is why I’m on this forum.

    Thanks for any advice on what the potential causes are and treatment!


  • 4 months ago

    RE: Tightness in chest, cause for concern? Urgent

    The opinions expressed in WebMD Message Boards are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD.

    Message Boards are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.

    Do not consider Message Boards as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment.

    WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider.

    If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately
  • 4 months ago